Chandos Sydney Cedric Brudenell-Bruce (1904 - 1974)

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About Chandos Sydney Cedric Brudenell-Bruce,_7th_Marquess_of_Ailesbury

(Chandos Sydney) Cedric Brudenell-Bruce, 7th Marquess of Ailesbury MID C.St.J. DL JP (26 January 1904 - 15 July 1974), styled Earl Bruce between 1911 and 1961, was a British peer.

Background and education

The son of George Brudenell-Bruce, 6th Marquess of Ailesbury and Caroline Sydney Anne Madden. He was educated at Eton and Christ Church, Oxford.


Brudenell-Bruce then became Justice of the Peace for Wiltshire in 1938. In the Second World War he served in the Royal Army Service Corps, during which time he was Mentioned in Despatches. He was captured and spent time as a prisoner of war, but escaped. In 1950 he held office as Deputy Lieutenant of Wiltshire. He was a County Councillor for Wiltshire in 1961. He was invested as a Commander of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem (K.G.St.J.). He wrote the following books: Youth goes East, 1928; The Amateur Pilot, 1933; The Wardens of Savernake Forest, 1949; I Walked Alone, 1950; The Life and Loyalties of Thomas Bruce, 1951. He succeeded his father in the marquessate on the latter's death on 4 August 1961.


Lord Ailesbury was married three times.

His first wife was Joan Houlton Salter, daughter of Stephen Salter, on 5 July 1924; died on 24 July 1937. Their children were Michael Brudenell-Bruce, 8th Marquess of Ailesbury (born 1926) and Lord Chandos Gerald Piers Brudenell-Bruce (1929–1980).

His second wife was Joyce Quennell, daughter of Charles Warwick-Evans and former wife of Peter Courtney Quennell, on 11 March 1944. The couple were divorced in 1948.

His third wife was Jean Frances Margaret Wilson, daughter of John Addison Wilson, on 20 February 1950. The couple had one child, Lord Charles Adam Brudenell-Bruce, in 1951.

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